Scorpion (Marvel Comics)

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The Scorpion is the name of multiple characters in Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The monster version of Scorpion first appeared in Journey into Mystery #82 (1962)

The Sam Scorpio version first appeared in Kid Colt, Outlaw #115 (March, 1964) and was a Wild West villain who fought Kid Colt.

The Jim Evans version of Scorpion first appeared in Rawhide Kid #57 (April 1967) and was a Wild West villain who fought Rawhide Kid.

Mac Gargan was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Gargan first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #19 (1964) and first appeared as the Scorpion in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (July, 1964). Years later, he became the third incarnation of Venom in Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #10 (2005) and impersonated Spider-Man in Dark Avengers #1 (2009). Mac Gargan appeared in the character's first own 4-issue limited series, Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man. The comic was released in June 2009 and was written by Brian Reed, with art by Chris Bachalo.[1] Writer Dan Slott has stated that Mac Gargan will return as the original Scorpion,[2] in an upcoming arc of The Amazing Spider-Man.[3]

Carmilla Black first appeared in Amazing Fantasy vol 2. #7 (2005).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Monster Scorpion[edit]

The first Scorpion was seen as a giant monster. During an experiment with a bismuth isotope, Paul Rogers accidentally struck a normal scorpion with a stream of delta particles. It was mutated into a giant monstrous form and gained the consciousness to hate the human race. It told Paul Rogers and Edward Bentley that it would mutate another bunch of scorpions and take over the world. Edward managed to hypnotize the Scorpion that it was feeling the pains from the radiation poisoning. When the Scorpion begged for Paul and Edward to end its life, they complied and killed the Scorpion by firing another stream of delta particles at it.[4]

Sam Scorpio[edit]

Sam Scorpio is an inventor who used his "sting" (a derringer fitted to a silencer on his forearm) to terrorize the Old West. Scorpion later encountered Kid Colt while running from a 50-man posse and begged for his help. Kid Colt refused until an earthquake occurred and they hid under a boulder. By the time Kid Colt and Scorpion emerged, the posse caught up to them and they were taken to prison. While in jail, Scorpion used his "sting" on a guard. Upon grabbing the guard's keys, Scorpion forced Kid Colt to accompany him. He took Kid Colt to a hideout in the hills and wanted Kid Colt to join him. When Kid Colt asked about the secret of his "sting," Scorpion turned on him. Kid Colt shot out the lamp for cover from Scorpion's sting and Scorpion fled where he told the posse where they can find Kid Colt. Afterwards, Scorpion set up a gang where he kept them in line with his "sting." Kid Colt went after Scorpion's gang upon figuring out what his gimmick was. Kid Colt defeated Scorpion's gang and defeated Scorpion in hand-to-hand combat before he could use his "sting." Kid Colt then turned Scorpion and his gang over to the authorities.[5]

Scorpion was imprisoned in a State Prison where he was part of a chain gang with Dr. Danger and Bull Barton. When Kid Colt ended up in the same prison after turning himself over to the law. Scorpion, Dr. Danger, and Bull Barton decided that this was the opportunity for revenge. One day, they attacked Kid Colt in unison while on work detail. When a prison guard intervened, they took his gun, overpowered the guard, and broke their chains. Then they grazed Kid Colt with another bullet and fled. Across the border, Scorpion, Dr. Danger, and Bull Barton came across a town where Fred Yates (the man that Kid Colt turned himself over to) lived. When Scorpion, Dr. Danger, and Bull Barton confronted Fred Yates and his sister Susan, Fred fled in sheer terror. Kid Colt caught up to the trio, disarmed them, and saved Susan. Kid Colt then sent Scorpion, Dr. Danger, and Bull Barton back over the border to the waiting arms of the law.[6]

Jim Evans[edit]

Jim Evans is a successful apothecary in Dustville during the Old West. He began to date Sarah (the prettiest girl in town) until she began to neglect him upon stating that she already has a boyfriend in Matt Cody. Matt Cody was not pleased that Sarah went out with Jim and challenged him to a shootout. Jim drew his gun first and only managed to wing Matt in the left arm as Matt managed to shoot Jim's gun out of his hand. Matt then made Jim dance with his gun. Jim was humiliated and vowed revenge. Upon inventing a liquid paralytic that he can fire no matter where he would hit them, Jim took on the identity of Scorpion and embarked on a crime spree. Scorpion managed to hold up a stagecoach and the sound of his gun attracted the attention of Rawhide Kid. Rawhide Kid managed to tackle Scorpion who hit Rawhide Kid with a paralytic pellet and continued to rob the stagecoach where he made off with the payroll. Upon questioning the nearby town about Scorpion, Rawhide Kid learned that there had been an apothecary who had been around for four months which allowed Rawhide Kid to determine his identity. Rawhide Kid followed Jim to an abandoned mine, watched him change into Scorpion, and then confronted him. Their fight collapsed the mine and Rawhide Kid fell into an underground stream. Rawhide Kid recovered and went after Scorpion again. When Scorpion fired the paralytic pellet again, Rawhide Kid twisted Scorpion's wrist causing Scorpion to get hit by his own paralytic pellet. Rawhide Kid then turned Scorpion over to Dustville's sheriff.[7]

After six months in jail, Jim Evans managed to mix up a small amount of his stun potion in the prison workshop. He used it on a guard, grabbed his keys, and escaped from jail. Taking on the alias of Sting-Ray, Jim Evans went on another crime spree until he arrived in Bison Bend and decided to settle there as the base of his ultimate destiny as the Emperor of the West. Sting-Ray robbed a bunch of people at Bison Bend's square dance. Clay Riley and Sheriff Ben Brooks tried to stop him, but ended up victims of his stun pellets. Sting-Ray later kidnapped Sheriff Ben Brooks' daughter Natalie holding her hostage until he got the power he demanded. However, he was foiled by Phantom Rider who attacked Sting-Ray. Phantom Rider managed to defeat Sting-Ray and unmasked him after he was distracted by Natalie's shouting. The sheriff and his men arrived and chased after Phantom Rider. It wasn't confirmed if Sting-Ray escaped during Phantom Rider's commotion with the sheriff and his men or was sent back to jail.[8]

Mac Gargan[edit]

Main article: Mac Gargan

Mac Gargan first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #20 and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. He was a private investigator who was hired by J. Jonah Jameson to find out how Peter Parker was able to obtain the photos of Spider-Man. When Spider-Man evaded Gargan, J. Jonah Jameson decided to use Gargan as a test subject for an experiment done by Farley Stillwell which led to Gargan becoming the Scorpion in order to defeat Spider-Man. Many years later, Gargan becomes a host for the Venom symbiote. After the Venom symbiote was removed from him in the aftermath of the Siege storyline, Gargan was sprung from the Raft by Alistair Smythe and outfitted with a new Scorpion suit.

Carmilla Black[edit]

Carmilla Black first appeared in Amazing Fantasy vol. 2 #7 and was created by Fred Van Lente and Leonard Kirk. She became a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to find her mother.

Other versions[edit]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

The first Ultimate Marvel incarnation of Scorpion is one of Peter Parker's clones. Dressed like a scorpion and attacking the mall,[9] he was revealed to be a mentally unstable clone that was fitted into a green armored suit.[10] This clone additionally had a mechanical tail grafted onto his spine that had the ability to shoot acid. The clone was eventually subdued by Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and taken to the Fantastic Four who eventually gave it to S.H.I.E.L.D..[11] At the end of the clone saga storyline, Nick Fury tells his subordinates menacingly to "take care of it" while walking walks out of the room the clone is being held in.[12]

Scorpion 2099[edit]

In the Timestorm 2009–2099 alternate reality of Marvel 2099, Kron Stone appears as a high school bully at Pym Academy and son of Alchemax's Chief Executive Tyler Stone. Kron was caught in the blast with Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara) while in his classroom. Due to the blast from the time flux which was unintentially caused by his father and Jake Gallows in the past, Kron was exposed to the scorpion's particles and has the appearance of a scorpion.[13]

In other media[edit]


  • The Mac Gargan version of Scorpion appears in the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon series, voiced by Carl Banas.
  • An exclusive iteration of Scorpion appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Dante Basco (for regular appearances) and by Drake Bell (in "New Warriors" [albeit uncredited]). Introduced in the second season, this version of the character is a student of the Elder Monk of K'un-L'un alongside Iron Fist. In the episode "Journey of the Iron Fist", he is Iron Fist's main competitor for the crown of K'un-L'un, and uses treacherous means - including a poison attack which leaves Iron Fist blind - to gain kinghood. However, Scorpion is exposed and defeated by the combined efforts of Spider-Man and Iron Fist, and subsequently exiled by the Elder of K'un-L'un. In the episode "Return of the Sinister Six", Scorpion is sprung from Ryker's Island and sports a scorpion-like armor as part of the armored Sinister Six along with Electro, the Rhino, Kraven the Hunter, the Lizard and Doctor Octopus. Wanting to get revenge, Scorpion fights Spider-Man and then Iron Fist once again. He also assist in the group assault on the Iron Patriot. Eventually, Scorpion is defeated by Spider-Man. In the third season, the character's armor is retrofitted to resemble Peter Parker's clone of the same name. In the episode "Agent Venom", Scorpion is shown to be a host of Venom (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) [a nod to Mac Gargan's fate under both personas]. After Spider-Man removes the Venom symbiote despite Flash Thompson's bumbling superhero attempts, Scorpion is taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. In the episode "New Warriors", Scorpion is freed from the S.H.I.E.L.D. Tri-Carrier's detention center along with the Green Goblin, Doc Ock and the Beetle during a showdown between the New Warriors and Taskmaster's team. He fights Spider-Man and then Agent Venom but is eventually defeated by Ka-Zar and Zabu.

Video games[edit]

  • The Mac Gargan version of Scorpion in the 2002 multiple platform game Spider-Man video game, voiced by Mike McColl.
  • The Ultimate version of Scorpion is referenced in the Ultimate Spider-Man video game. Spider-Man makes a reference to his clone during pursuit of the Rhino.
  • The Mac Gargan version of Scorpion appears as not a villain but a tortured antihero in the Spider-Man 3 video game, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.
  • The Kron Stone version of Scorpion appears as a villain in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, voiced by John Kassir.[17][18] A mutated monstrosity, this version is shown stealing the fragment of the Tablet of Order and Chaos from the Public Eye operatives causing the Spider-Man of this time to be in pursuit. When Spider-Man confronts Scorpion, the monstrosity mentions being hired by a smart lady with a green and yellow suit and metal shiny arms to steal the tablet fragment in exchange for Scorpion to be human again. As Spider-Man fights Scorpion, the mutant uses the tablet fragment's power, gaining the ability to fire green acid and generate eggs which spawn smaller and weaker versions of himself. His acid and eggs eventually becomes the item of his defeat when it's used to drop debris from a previous battle on top of him. While initially Spider-Man hates his mutated foe, Spider-Man considers this a hollow victory because Scorpion stole the fragment in a pathetic, misguided attempt to cure himself. A full size hologram of the human monstrosity in Dr. Serena Patel's lab, implying that Scorpion was merely an interest for an army of Scorpion-like super soldiers rather than to cure. During the credits, Scorpion is shown in jail making Spider-themed cut outs while clumsily wielding a pair of scissors in his claw.

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